Vibration characteristics and damage detection in a suspension bridge

Wickramasinghe, Wasanthi R., Thambiratnam, David P., Chan, Tommy H.T., & Nguyen, Theanh (2016) Vibration characteristics and damage detection in a suspension bridge. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 375, pp. 254-274.

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Suspension bridges are flexible and vibration sensitive structures that exhibit complex and multi-modal vibration. Due to this, the usual vibration based methods could face a challenge when used for damage detection in these structures. This paper develops and applies a mode shape component specific damage index (DI) to detect and locate damage in a suspension bridge with pre-tensioned cables. This is important as suspension bridges are large structures and damage in them during their long service lives could easily go un-noticed. The capability of the proposed vibration based DI is demonstrated through its application to detect and locate single and multiple damages with varied locations and severity in the cables of the suspension bridge. The outcome of this research will enhance the safety and performance of these bridges which play an important role in the transport network.

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ID Code: 95427
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Suspension bridges, Vibration characteristics, Cables, Vibration based damage detection, Modal flexibility, Component specific damage index, Noise
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2016.04.025
ISSN: 0022-460X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Deposited On: 08 May 2016 23:16
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 08:02

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